When it comes to aftermarket insoles, I never even gave them a second thought. I usually stick to the insoles that come with the shoes. However, after giving a few pairs a try in my hiking and work shoes, I discovered that I have been truly missing out. My job requires me to be on my feet a lot, and in a typical shift I walk up to 10 miles. During my off days I hike, fish, rock climb, and bike. After trying out a few pairs of insoles, I was surprised at how much less my feet hurt.
ArchFlex insoles by IceBug have a more pronounced shape than what I was used to and at first I thought my feet would not be comfortable. However, after spending a few days getting used to the feel of the insoles, I went all out and put them in my work shoes. After an eight-hour shift and close to 10 miles, my feet were incredibly comfortable. There was no soreness or hot-spots.
The insoles are very easy to cut to fit inside your shoe. I tried them in my ski boots but the higher volume was just too much for liners. Alas, I’ll just have to get another set for my next pair of ski boots.
EdgePro by currexSole look more like a normal insole. But don’t let their looks deceive you – these guys made my feet feel like they had spent the day at the spa rather than hiking over an 11,900’ pass or a 20+ mile day on the Appalachian Trail. I was seriously impressed by the EdgePro insoles and am planning to get a few more pairs for other shoes.
These insoles were also easy to cut and while they are lower volume than the ArchFlex insoles I still couldn’t get them to fit into my ski boot liners. I’ll just have to bake the liners again with the insoles inside come next season.
If you are suffering from foot pain due to the lack of support offered by standard foot beds, then a good pair of semi-custom insoles may be the solution. I have very high arches but both the ArchFlex and EdgePro insoles worked well for me. At nearly $50 a pair, though, make sure you measure twice as you only get to cut once.Manufacturer: IceBug Date available: Currently MSRP: $49.95 Actual Weight: 4oz per pair (US size 9.0 High arches) Materials: Shock absorbing EVA layer, flexible PE layer, Molded TPU-unit, & Poliyou®, a very soft foam Manufacturer: currexSole Date available: Currently MSRP: $49.95 Actual Weight: 4oz per pair (US size 9.0 High arches)